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More than 150 people are feared dead after a boat capsized in Nigeria
"Most of them are petty traders, food vendors and the local miners," the Governor's spokesman added.The boat was en route from neighboring Niger, along the Niger River, according to Reuters.
Nigeria has announced onthat it is suspending the operations of Twitter in the country. The African nation's decision to use the social media platform to share the news may raise eyebrows.
Nigeria's Federal Ministry of Information and Culture made the announcement on Friday. The move follows Twitter's deletion of a tweet from the country's president,, earlier in the week.
Scores of children abducted from Islamic seminary in Nigeria
Gunmen kidnapped scores of children from an Islamic seminary in central Nigeria, officials said, the latest in a string of such incidents plaguing the populous African nation. Some 200 children were at the school in Niger state on Sunday during the attack, the local government tweeted, adding "an unconfirmed number" were taken. The abduction came a day after 14 students from a university in northwestern Nigeria were freed after 40 days in captivity.
Buhari's tweet on Tuesday dealt with Nigerians in the southeast of the country whom the government blames for attacks on infrastructure and appeared to invoke the bloody Nigerian Civil War of 1967 to 1970.
"The Federal Government has suspended, indefinitely, the operations of the microblogging and social networking service, Twitter, in Nigeria," the Ministry of Information wrote.
"The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, announced the suspension in a statement issued in Abuja on Friday, citing the persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria's corporate existence."
"The Minister said the Federal Government has also directed the National Broadcasting l Commission () to immediately commence the process of licensing all OTT and social media operations in Nigeria."
Nigeria: The authorities confirm the removal of 136 students on Sunday
Video: New schoolchildren in Nigeria: dozens of kidnapped students in a Muslim school (France 24) Your Browser does not support this video © - screenshot of a video of the AFPTV touring on May 31, 2021 showing a classroom of a private school where more than a hundred students have been kidnapped in Tegina, Nigeria the number Students kidnapped on Sunday at a Muslim private school in the center of Nigeria, amounts to 136, according to an assessment of the authorities, who struggle to stem the ki
FG Suspends @Twitter Operations in Nigeria pic.twitter.com/7z5BQ0Mi3U— Fed Min of Info & Cu (@FMICNigeria) June 4, 2021
In the post Twitter deleted, Buhari had written: "Many of those misbehaving today are too young to be aware of the destruction and loss of lives that occurred during the Nigerian Civil War. Those of us in the fields for 30 months, who went through the war, will treat them in the language they understand."
Buhari is a retired army major general who was head of the state from 1983 to 1985 after taking power in a coup. Heand sworn in in 2015.
In May 1967 a territory of the eastern region of Nigeria attempted to secede from the country, calling itself the Republic of Biafra. In the war that resulted from its secession, an estimated one to three million people were killed, with the Igbo community severely affected.
Twitter blocked in Nigeria after president’s posts are censored
Nigeria's government said Friday it was suspending Twitter indefinitely within its borders, a day after the social media giant censored a controversial tweet President Muhammadu Buhari sent about threatening to punish regional secessionists. © Provided by Washington Examiner Information and Culture Minister Lai Mohammed said the government of Africa's most populous nation had taken the step because of "the persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria's corporate existence," according to an announcement made by the government on Twitter.
Following calls from some Nigerian users to delete the tweet, Twitter removed the post and temporarily suspended Buhari's account, leaving it in read-only mode for 12 hours, according to Tech Crunch. However, Buhari
Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the information and culture minister, criticized Twitter, saying: "Twitter may have its own rules; it's not the universal rule. If, he is free to express such views."
"The mission of Twitter in Nigeria is very, very suspect," he said at a Wednesday news conference.
Twitter directed Newsweek to a statement the platform issued on Saturday saying the company was "deeply concerned by the blocking of Twitter in Nigeria."
"Access to the free and #OpenInternet is an essential human right in modern society. We will work to restore access for all those in Nigeria who rely on Twitter to communicate and connect with the world," the social media company said.
Newsweek has asked the Nigerian Ministry of Information and Culture for comment.
Nigeria says it suspended Twitter "indefinitely"
Twitter's Public Policy team said Saturday they are "deeply concerned" by the suspension.Information and Culture Minister Alhaji Lai Mohammed said the suspension is due to "the persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria's corporate existence.
Popular Nigerian televangelist T.B. Joshua dies at 57 .
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Temitope Balogun Joshua, one of Africa’s most popular televangelists who was known as T.B. Joshua, has died. He was 57. The Nigerian-born pastor was founder of the mega church Synagogue Church Of All Nations, or SCOAN, which also runs the Emmanuel Television Station in Lagos. The church announced his death in a statement Sunday. No cause of death was given. “God has taken His servant Prophet T.B Joshua home — as it should be by divine will,” the church said, adding that “his last moments on earth were spent in the service of God. This is what he was born for, lived for and died for.” T.B.